Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Issue of work visas may have considerable effect for Massachusetts

Currently, Congress is debating extensive immigration reform.  At the end of June,  the U.S. Senate passed Senate Bill 744 which would expand the number of H-1B visas.  The bill would also create a merit-based point system for future immigration based upon elements such as education and job skills.  One section that is vastly important for Massachusetts is increasing the number of high-skilled foreign workers allowed to work and live in the United States.  According to a study by two professors, the number of top universities as well as technology and scientific companies makes Massachusetts the second most reliant state on H-1B visas with the Boston area ranking fifth among all metropolitan areas in dependency on H-1B visas.
In a recent article, Harvard Business School Professor William Kerr  stated that “changing the H-1B visa program will impact Boston and Massachusetts to a greater extent than they will many other parts of the United States. We’re a place that has always relied a lot on immigration in science and other technology. Our schools have lot of immigrants who graduate from them and want to stay in the United States.”  Presently, the demand for H-1B visas is higher than those available.

For more information about immigration, see our webpage Massachusetts Law About Immigration.